Michael Dougherty, director of the comedy-horror film "Trick 'r Treat," has finally found the perfect stylus for drawing crazy-looking monsters. John Rogers, co-creator the TV show "Leverage," can't live without one particular app for keeping up with crime clippings. We asked some of our favorite geeky actors, producers, directors, authors, and musicians to share their favorite tech from 2013. Read on to see which gadget geeks up Grant Imahara's living room, which smartphone has earned raves from sci-fi author John Scalzi, and more. Then be sure to share your own picks of the year … Read more
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This week on Crave, a robot named Jeff challenges golf pro Rory McIlroy to a game of golf on the driving range. We look at 3D-printed casts meant to counter itchiness, and researchers drive cockroaches with electrical signals in hopes of using the bugs for search-and-rescue missions. All that and more on this week's show. … Read more
It's been said that smell ties directly and strongly to our memories, yet our ability to capture important moments is based almost entirely around our other senses. We take photographs and record audio and video, but a photo just doesn't convey the smell of cut grass and flowers on your wedding day.
Designer Amy Radcliffe has developed an odor-capturing "camera" based on technology developed for the perfume industry. Her device is called Madeleine. "The Madeleine works in much the same way as a 35mm camera," Radcliffe writes. "Just as the camera records the light information of a visual in order to create a replica The Madeleine records the molecular information of a smell."… Read more
Microsoft promoted Amy Hood to chief financial officer Wednesday, replacing Peter Klein, who announced plans to leave the software giant last month.
Hood, 41, joined Microsoft in 2002 and worked most recently as the chief financial officer of Microsoft's Business Division, a job she held for a little more than 3 years. There, she handled financial strategy for the $24.1 billion unit and was deeply involved in the acquisitions of both Skype and Yammer. Prior to that job, Hood was chief of staff in Microsoft's Server and Tools group.
"I'm excited to step into this … Read more
"Windows or Android?"
It seemed like an innocent enough question.
But for one moment, I wondered whether Amy Poehler would waft through her local Best Buy during the Super Bowl -- while being paid a lot of money to do it -- and avoid anything that might have been designed in Cupertino.
Still, the more she came on to the gorgeous, virginal men in the blue polo shirts, the more it was clear that this was an amusing fantasy. Poehler was there to make women feel good about gadgets. And sex.
There was, indeed, a more than subliminal … Read more
In the first quarter of today's Big Game featuring big people doing big things to each other, Amy Poehler will be trying to do big things for Best Buy.
Unlike the players -- who will probably be tied 3-3 in a dull defensive battle when Amy appears -- Poehler has one shot to give the Best Buy brand a shot in arm. Or perhaps a shot at redemption.
Best Buy has been crossing some turbulent oceans recently, so securing the services of one of America' funniest actors is a pleasant coup.
The company has released a sneak preview (embedded … Read more
Every now and then, I like to report on the best new discs that have come my way. Let's get started!
Amy Winehouse: "At the BBC" (CD/DVD) Fourteen stunning performances from 2004 to 2009 showcase aspects of her talent that the studio recordings gloss over. The DVD, "The Day She Came to Dingle," is a documentary featuring Winehouse at the height of her powers in December 2006 in a tiny church in Ireland. She's backed up with just guitar and bass, so her voice, in all its glory, is upfront and clear. Awesome!… Read more
Do you spend more time with a computer, smartphone, or tablet than your significant other? Your life serves as the elementary premise for a futuristic love story, "Her," in which the film's star, Joaquin Phoenix, falls in love with an interactive operating system.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Nokia again faces make-or-break point with new Lumia phones.
- CNET First Take: Nokia Lumia 820.
- CNET First Take: Nokia Lumia 920.
- Why Nokia nixed an SD card slot for the Lumia 920.
- The secret behind Nokia's 41-megapixel camera phone.
- Nokia's new PureView image stabilizer is amazingly faked in this promo video.
- 4Chan goes public with its API, boasting 22 million unique monthly visitors.
- Spike Jonze's new film is about a man who falls in love with his phone.